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Among the Victorians and Modernists: Among the Victorians and Modernists


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This series publishes monographs and essay collections on literature, art, and culture in the context of the diverse aesthetic, political, social, technological, and scientific innovations that arose among the Victorians and Modernists. Viable topics include, but are not limited to, artistic and cultural debates and movements; influential figures and communities; and agitations and developments regarding subjects such as animals, commodification, decadence, degeneracy, democracy, desire, ecology, gender, nationalism, the paranormal, performance, public art, sex, socialism, spiritualities, transnationalism, and the urban. Studies that address continuities between the Victorians and Modernists are welcome. Work on recent responses to the periods such as NeoVictorian novels, graphic novels, and film will also be considered.

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Materiality in Modernist Short Fiction Lived Things

Materiality in Modernist Short Fiction: Lived Things

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Laura Oulanne
May 27, 2021

Materiality in Modernist Short Fiction provides a fresh approach to reading material things in modern fiction, accounting for the interplay of the material and the cultural. This volume investigates how Djuna Barnes, Katherine Mansfield, and Jean Rhys use the short story form to evoke the material ...

Music and Myth in Modern Literature

Music and Myth in Modern Literature

1st Edition

By Josh Torabi
December 21, 2020

This book is the first major study that explores the intrinsic connection between music and myth, as Nietzsche conceived of it in The Birth of Tragedy (1872), in three great works of modern literature: Romain Rolland’s Nobel Prize winning novel Jean-Christophe (1904-12), James Joyce’s modernist ...

The Intelligent Unconscious in Modernist Literature and Science

The Intelligent Unconscious in Modernist Literature and Science

1st Edition

By Thalia Trigoni
November 17, 2020

This book reassesses the philosophical, psychological and, above all, the literary representations of the unconscious in the early twentieth century. This period is distinctive in the history of responses to the unconscious because it gave rise to a line of thought according to which the ...

Peril and Protection in British Courtship Novels A Study in Continuity and Change

Peril and Protection in British Courtship Novels: A Study in Continuity and Change

1st Edition

By Geri Giebel Chavis
October 08, 2020

Peril and Protection in British Courtship Novels: A Study in Continuity and Change explores the use and context of danger/safety language in British courtship novels published between 1719 and 1920. The term "courtship novel" encompasses works focusing on both female and male protagonists’ journeys...

Catherine Crowe: Gender, Genre, and Radical Politics

Catherine Crowe: Gender, Genre, and Radical Politics

1st Edition

By Ruth Heholt
September 02, 2020

This is the first full-length study of the popular Victorian writer Catherine Crowe (1790-1872). Crowe is increasingly being recognised as an important and influential figure in the literary and Spiritualist circles of the nineteenth century. This monograph offers a reassessment of her major works,...

Desire and Time in Modern English Fiction: 1919-2017

Desire and Time in Modern English Fiction: 1919-2017

1st Edition

By Richard Dellamora
August 10, 2020

Beginning with Somerset Maugham’s innovative, sexually dissident South Seas novel and tales and Alfred Hitchcock’s gay-inflected revisiting of the Jack the Ripper sensation in silent film, this book considers the continuing presence of the past in future-oriented work of the 1930s and the Second ...

Feminist Modernism, Poetics, and the New Economy Mina Loy, Lola Ridge, and Marianne Moore

Feminist Modernism, Poetics, and the New Economy: Mina Loy, Lola Ridge, and Marianne Moore

1st Edition

By Linda A. Kinnahan
January 28, 2020

In Feminist Modernism, Poetics, and the New Economy, Linda A. Kinnahan argues that the work of Mina Loy, Lola Ridge, and Marianne Moore engages with the variations in feminist economic thought and discourse that developed in American culture from the 1890s through the 1920s. Kinnahan positions her ...

The Ethical Vision of George Eliot

The Ethical Vision of George Eliot

1st Edition

By Thomas Albrecht
January 22, 2020

The Ethical Vision of George Eliot is one of the first monographs devoted entirely to the ethical thought of George Eliot, a profoundly significant, influential figure not only in nineteenth-century English and European literature, nineteenth-century women’s writing, the history of the novel, and ...

Contemporary Rewritings of Liminal Women Echoes of the Past

Contemporary Rewritings of Liminal Women: Echoes of the Past

1st Edition

By Miriam Borham-Puyal
January 16, 2020

This book explores the concept of liminality in the representation of women in eighteenth and nineteenth century literature, as well as in contemporary rewritings, such as novels, films, television shows, videogames, and graphic novels. In particular, the volume focuses on vampires, prostitutes, ...

Poetry and Uselessness From Coleridge to Ashbery

Poetry and Uselessness: From Coleridge to Ashbery

1st Edition

By Robert Archambeau
January 16, 2020

W.H. Auden famously claimed "poetry makes nothing happen." That may or may not be the case, but the idea that poetry makes nothing happen has, itself, been extremely influential, and has made a great deal happen in the world.  This book examines several of the main currents in literary history as ...

The Socio-Literary Imaginary in 19th and 20th Century Britain Victorian and Edwardian Inflections

The Socio-Literary Imaginary in 19th and 20th Century Britain: Victorian and Edwardian Inflections

1st Edition

Edited By Maria K. Bachman, Albert D. Pionke
September 30, 2019

At once an invitation and a provocation, The Socio-Literary Imaginary represents the first collection of essays to illuminate the historically and intellectually complex relationship between literary studies and sociology in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. During the ongoing ...

Nordic Literature of Decadence

Nordic Literature of Decadence

1st Edition

Edited By Pirjo Lyytikäinen, Riikka Rossi, Viola Parente-Čapková, Mirjam Hinrikus
July 11, 2019

Nordic Literature of Decadence fills a gap on the map of world literature and participates in a thriving area of research by extending the investigation of broadly understood fin de siècle decadence to unexplored areas of Nordic literature, which remain practically unknown to Anglophone audiences. ...

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